Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 9

Hello every and welcome to Part 9 of possibly one of my favourite blog posts. I didn’t anticipate keeping these going for so long, but I love them because I get to listen to my own playlist a bit more carefully while I pick which songs to include, and a lot of you leave me comments about new songs you’ve discovered through my list! Let me know if you find any songs you enjoy from today’s post!

Switch Sider – Ella Mai
Social Jungle – Herizen
Bad – Lennon Stella
Yours – Aidan Alexander
Dangerous – Kaien Cruz
I Need – Clark Beckham
Ride – Shoffy
Wait – crwn, Jess Connelly
Fantasy – Alina Baraz, Galimatias
Let Me In – Skinny Living
Knock – ALMA
take care – EDEN
Hold You In My Arms – Ray LaMontagne
Don’t – Zoe Kravitz
Aunty Tracey’s Cookies – Joyride
I Need – Maverick Sabre
Wait. – David Pfeffer
I’m In Love Without You – FINNEAS
Paper Love – Allie X
Lighter – Turquoise Prince
Dirty Harry – Grace

x

Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 5

Hello hello and welcome to another post where I assume your day is about to be made for the incredible music I’m sharing below. If you aren’t from around these parts, if you’ve only recently joined us, then you may not be familiar with these posts.

I promise.

I don’t have a superiority complex (we think), I just love sharing music that doesn’t receive the attention it deserves. I love music so much so to the point that I’ve passed the stage of feeling protective over my secret discoveries, and am at the phase where I’m aggressively passionate about shoving all my music discoveries and finds down your throat, but you shall come to accept that in time.

For now, here’s more music that I believe you should really hear.

Wait – NoMBe
I’ll Find You – Lacrae
Baby Blue – King Krule
Anything For You – Chelsea Cutler
Senorita – Eden Prince
If Only – TEEKS
Intro (Santa Barbara) – Box Dreams
Typhoon – Mr Jukes
Black Man In A White World – Michael Kiwanuka
Tin Pan Boy – YUNGBLUD
Locket – Kilo Kish
take care – EDEN
Same Script – Ziggy Ramo
Addicted – The Night Cafe
Telepathy – Christina Aguilera
Solid Gold – Elk Road
Loved By You – Kirby
Father, Father – Jay Prince
Shelter – SACHI
Like Home – JOY.
Human Touch – Betty Who
Afterglow – Wilkinson

Let me know if you gave any of these a listen. I know that’s actually asking quite a bit, but it genuinely makes my day when one of you comments to tell me that you enjoyed a particular song or added some of my suggestions to your own playlist!

x

Priya

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Can YouTuber’s Become Musicians? I Mean, Yeah…

Hello friends.

This post is proudly brought to you by a comment left by the lovely Mia (high-key make sure you check out my girls blog, she’s all I inspire to when I grow up despite the fact that I’m older), who made me aware of a song released by the YouTube, SimplyNessa15.

My friends. It’s a whole, entire bop.

I was super duper skeptical when Mia suggested the song to me. I wasn’t sure, because for as long as I can remember, there hasn’t been a song released by a YouTuber that I genuinely liked. They’ve all been really overdone, overly mixed and auto-tuned and most of the time, it’s easy to figure out that they’ve only really released a song in the first place, because they have the following to ensure it’s somewhat successful with their fan base.

That said, I don’t watch Vanessa’s YouTube videos. Sure, I know who she is, and sometimes her video pops up on my ‘recommended’ bar, but I don’t think I’ve ever watched a video of hers in my life.

Meditate, is a great song. What I would commonly describe as an absolute tune.

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If you’re into RnB and hip hop, and honestly, incredibly smooth female vocals, check out this song. Since listening to it after Mia’s recommendation, I’ve added it to at least three of my playlists, and showed quite a few friends.

Oh, and the break down 2 minutes in?? Insanity.

It’s become a bit of a favourite effect of mine, layering pitch shifted vocals to create a really deep, heavy second lead beneath the original, I’ve tried it a couple of times and it always adds the extra ‘oomf’ to a song, regardless of whether it’s just one line or the whole song.

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Vanessa pulls it off perfectly, and hearing that break down towards the end of the song made my jaw drop and ensued the obsession with the song.

That too, the music doesn’t suffer in order to make her sound good. In my experience with YouTuber’s releasing their own music regardless of the fact that they aren’t singers in the slightest, it always comes off a tiny bit cheesy, because the music has to be sacrificed a bit in order for the vocals to sound good. It’s so harsh, and I feel a tiny (tiny) bit mean saying it, but it’s what I’ve come to expect.

The era of Troye Sivan releasing bomb as hell music while simultaneously keeping his YouTube channel alive has obviously come to a steady downhill close, but I am all for Vanessa to take that spot as of now.

Definitely give Meditate a listen. I’m so glad I did.

x

Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 2

Hello friends!

Today’s post is not a new one. I have made a post like this before, and quite a few of you enjoyed it, so in the tradition of sharing new music, old music, popular music and secret music that I think you should be hearing, here’s a second instalment.

All Over – Tiwa Savage
2000 n Something – Kaiit
I’m In Love Without You – FINNEAS
Wait (Chromeo Remix) – Maroon 5
High & Dry – Roman GianArthur
#wholelottagangshit – Mix’d Millenial
Dirty Harry – Grace
FFYL – Quinn XCII
Apple Juice – Jessie Reyez
Holding Out – Atticus Street
ESP – N.E.R.D
Aunty Tracey’s Cookies – Joyride
Honor – DJ Cassidy 
I Need – Clark Beckham
NBK – Niykee Heaton
S.O.B – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Follow Me – SYDE
1999 Wildfire – BROCKHAMPTON
Haircut – Ryan Beatty
Thunder – Roy Blair
Not Sorry – Paige
Never Be The Same – KLP
Walking – Dom McMallister
Marceline – Willow
We Are The Young – Andy Kong
Haven’t Found A Lady – Kooyeh
Still In Love – Thirdstory

There you go! Hopefully you find a new song or two to enjoy!! Like I said in my last post, these songs are all pulled from a giant Spotify playlist, songs you should probably heara playlist that was honestly the inspiration for the premise of this entire blog, so you’re sure to find some hidden gems on there. Genres, definitely do vary as well, so you don’t know what you’re going to get once you press shuffle!

x

Priya

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Jon Bellion And The Obsession

Hello friends.

This is me, back from the dead, after dying. Losing my life. I swear to God.

Why?

I went to update one of my recent posts, my Week In My Life, and for some reason, the entire post was a bit slow to load, while I reposted the blog post again – major key, cheers Mia – and when I updated the time that I posted it, I realised that the entire post was just gone. Checked my phone, gone. Closed and refreshed the page, gone.

Thank God, for the little ‘History’ button up the top, or else I’d have lost a week long writing and editing endeavour that does not deserve that type of treatment.

But on to today’s post.

 


 

I apologise if you’re bored of reading this man’s name, but here I am again, with a blog post about me just plugging my love/adoration/awe/respect/undying love for Long Island singer/songwriter/producer/rapper Jon Bellion. This will in fact be the second post about Jon.

Strap yourselves in.

 

Surely that video is introduction enough.
And yes. I did watch this video on YouTube when I was getting the link for it and then again before I continued writing.


 

I first heard a Jon Bellion song when I was 15 years old. In the last post I did on Jon, I mentioned that Guillotine was the first song I ever heard by him, but that was a lie. Apologies.

The first song I ever heard was Ooh, featuring Christianne Jensen (his sister!!!), from his 2014 album, The Definition. And in all honestly, I wasn’t hooked straight off the first bar.

But.

One of my favourite things about Jon’s music is the ever-changing and growing nature of it. It feels like it’s this constant rollercoaster and unless you’re already well accustomed to his style or his catalogue, you can’t predict where he’s going to take you. Halfway through the song, you can be assured that he’s probably going to take to somewhere completely unexpected.

That was what made me stick around for the rest of the song, his switch ups were so unpredictable.

That and the insane drum pockets he manages to find in all his songs, whether he’s beat boxing them into the microphone himself or loading samples into a drum machine so he play out the rhythm and the groove just the way he wants them.

 

 

Like Jon, I’m obsessed with finding intricate grooves and pockets for drum rhythms within songs. While I’m still trying to work on it in regards to my own music, watching Jon physically play all the beats on his drum machine, or record his vocals, whether he’s yelling, beat boxing or moving around the room to really create a huge sonic space, then turning them into bite sized samples that he pieces together to form the framework for the rest of the song to flow through, is mind boggling.

His entire production style and way of thinking is just so inspiring and innovative. Things like trumpet lines that he chooses to play through an AKAI for Luxury, or using his voice and editing it as a substitution for a lead guitar in Superman, The Gift and The Curse.

Guillotine was the next song I listened to, and it’s the one that made me cry, and scream and literally jump and want to rip my hair out and I know. It sounds like I’m exaggerating, but it 100% is no exaggeration.

 

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The other day, my dad and I ended up having to go into the city around the same time, so we caught the train in together, he to work and I to university. He’s become accustomed to hearing me sing Jon’s songs around the house often, and that morning’s car drive to the station had been me explaining my absolute love the man and his music, and how if I ever somehow got to meet him, my body would quite possible shut down. Which then went on to him kinda, but not completely, getting a grasp of how influential this man and his music was on my life, and then me pulling up ‘The Making of Guillotine’ on YouTube as we stood on the train, and forcing him to watch it.

 

 

We only got halfway through, but that same day when my dad came home from work in the evening, he came and sat down next to me on the couch, and asked to finish the rest of it. Which turned into me showing him nearly every single ‘The Making Of’ video, as well as live performances and interviews and acoustic versions. Long story short, I’m pretty sure if Jon Bellion comes to Australia, my dad’s coming with me to the concert.

 

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The thing that I love the most about Jon, is that his music stands the test of time. One of the biggest lessons I’ve ever, ever learnt, is to try not to make ‘time sensitive’ or ‘time relevant’ music, because eventually, it becomes irrelevant, and people aren’t likely to listen to it. It drastically decreases the shelf life of a song, if you base the entirety of it’s production or lyrical content around a current trend that’s more than likely to die off in a year or two. It’s better to make a song you’re proud of that’s just genuinely a good tune than to try and make a song based and defined by current trends.

You could hear the same song of his two or three years apart and still feel it in you blood as it gives you goosebumps.

One of the biggest factors that allows me to solidify Jon Bellion as one of my idols, is the fact that when I first discovered him, I was only 15 and he blew my mind. Then I discovered his ‘The Making Of’ videos on YouTube when I was 17, and he blew my mind. I fully understood the depth of his genius, ingenuity, talent and passion at 19, soon to be 20, and he still blew my mind. I genuinely find myself with his songs running through my head all through the day, from morning until the night and even then, I have them in my head while I’m in bed and I’m positive I probably sing them in my sleep too.

The fact that the same songs, regardless of how many more amazing new songs he puts out, still manage to drop my jaw to the floor and have me shooketh, is a testament to how they’re purely incredible songs, and they stand alone in how great they are, regardless of the trending genre or popular production styles at the current moment.

 

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Of the many things I’ve already listed that have added to this obsession, another is his lyrics. If not the beats, then the lyrics definitely make my jaw drop at least once in each song. There are so many clever double-meanings, insinuations, rhymes that shouldn’t rhyme, things that he says that you would just never expect to hear in a song for some reason, and he makes it all sound so incredible.

He somehow manages to reference Jim Morrison and The Doors, Abbey Road, Blueprint, Michael Jordan, Kanye, The Notorious B.I.G (Christopher Wallace), Bob Marley, Chris Zarou and Will Smith in his song Jim Morrison, a song that has become a staple during car drives with my dad.

Honestly just think about the chorus in The Monster by Eminem featuring Rihanna and hear the gears turn in your head when you realise that holy shit, Jon Bellion wrote that too. Along with a whole tirade of songs that he produced and wrote for other artists.

His voice is so versatile and strong, going from singing like an angel in Human to rapping like a god in New York Soul – Pt. ii, and then doing both in Halloween. He is insane.

 

 

He’s a huge inspiration for me. I could only think of a few other artists who I see at the same level as Jon Bellion, personally. The way he writes, the way he produces, the words he chooses to share and the stories he tells either have me laughing, smiling, screaming along or crying. Without failure. He doesn’t lie in his music, and he isn’t afraid of calling himself out, or speaking about things that others may not try and touch, lyrically.

To make it even better, last year, on my birthday, the song Obsession  with Vice and Kyle, and it was like…Jon. @ me next time please. Happy Birthday to me.

I rarely make artist specific playlists. The only two I have, are my lads playlist which is definitely on private, and definitely dedicated to One Direction for moments when I need a fix, and my jon bellion playlist. Make sure you check it out. I say that a lot, but I mean it a lot more this time.

Below, is a list of some of my favourite Jon Bellion songs. We all know the love I have for Guillotine,  but there are heaps of songs that hit me in the soul the way that one does too, and his previous three albums are a treasure trove of incredible, blood pumping music.

(note how I’ve linked every single song because of how serious I am about this music)
(also appreciate the immense effort it’s taken not to keep coming back to this post and adding more songs to this list every other hour)

 

Guillotine – Jon Bellion
He Is The Same – Jon Bellion
Dead Man Walking – Jon Bellion
New York Soul – Part. ii – Jon Bellion
Luxury – Jon Bellion
Human – Jon Bellion
Woke The F*ck Uo – Jon Bellion
Superman, The Gift And The Curse – Jon Bellion
Morning In America – Jon Bellion
Hand Of God – Outro – Jon Bellion
Halloween – Jon Bellion
Jim Morrison – Jon Bellion
For The Dreamers – Jon Bellion
Woodstock (Psychedelic Fiction) – Jon Bellion

 

Omg EDIT; you definitely need to hear some of his acoustic versions. Linked for your convenience and to ensure you don’t have an excuse not to hear this magic.

Run. Wild. Acoustic. Version.

Magic to your ears, bless your souls, feed your children, feed your children’s children, all you need.

Run Wild (Acoustic)
Woke The F*ck Up (Acoustic)
Human (Acoustic)
All Time Low (Acoustic)

 

 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Articulating my thoughts, about artists as inspiring and as talented as Jon can be challenging for me to do so without sounding like I’m babbling, but hopefully the message got across! I know it’s a but of an overkill linking you guys five videos and hoping you watch them all, but honestly, Jon Bellion can’t be summed up into words. We’re four weeks into the university semester and I’ve definitely already managed to somehow work him into my latest assignment.

As of this moment, I’ve scheduled this post, and then come back to add more and more to it a minimum of six times.

Oh well, off to wait patiently for my Jon Bellion merch to arrive :)) My birthday’s today and I was hoping it’d be here by now, but we can wait…

 

EDIT: I have quite possibly started a cult. Story time. I was at another rehearsal, and my drummer suddenly piped up going, “Hey have you guys heard this song, Guillotine?” Yes my dude. So then my guitarist goes, “Where did you hear it?” and we learn that my guitarist’s girlfriend, and my friend, showed it to my drummer. So then my guitarist goes, “Hey, she heard it from me!” which obviously causes me to grin at him, and go “And where did you hear it from?” knowing full well I showed him at work, so now the Jon love is spreading and it’s only a matter of time before I form a club. Message me for membership info.

x

Priya

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A-Z of Tunes

Hello friends!

Deepest apologies, I have been slightly ridden with guilt for the past few days thinking about my slight abandonment, having not had the chance at all to actually sit at my laptop for more than an hour or so to get some blogging done! I know, I know. There have been some posts go up recently, and I’ve never been more grateful for my 1:30AM, coffee induced spurs of energy in which I tend to write and schedule up to three posts at once.

My family and I have spent the last week moving houses, and trying to sort through close to fourteen years of our lives has proved the most difficult part, especially as we’re moved in a week ago, and only today got the final boxes and loose items out of the house, three hours before the cleaners came in. But our old house is completely empty, finally, and our new house is still packed to the brim with things, but we’re up and running at last, which means I have a moment to spare.

So naturally, I turned to my list of blog ideas for a quick post for you all, because trust me, I need the break as well. Let’s get into it.

It’s pretty self-explanatory. Right? Below I challenged myself to think of the first song I could, for each letter of the alphabet and share them with you.

A: All To You – Sabrina Claudio

B: Breaking Free – High School Musical

C: Collide – Odette

D: Don’t Walk Away – Jade

E: English Rose – Ed Sheeran

F: Fireflies – Owl City

G: Grows Old – Thirdstory

H: Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman – Bryan Adams

I: If I Could Fly – One Direction

J: Juke Jam – Chance The Rapper

K: King Kunta – Kendrick Lamar

L: Lemon – N.E.R.D, Rihanna

M: Monday – Matt Corby

N: Ni**as In Paris – Jay Z, Kanye West

O: Over Again – One Direction

P: Purple Rain – Prince

Q: Questions – Christ Brown

R: Rolling In The Deep – Adele

S: Superstition – Stevie Wonder

T: Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus

U: Ultralight Beam – Kanye West

V: Versace On The Floor – Bruno Mars

W: Watch Me – Jaden Smith

X: XO TOUR Llif3 – Lil Uzi Vert

Y: Yellow – Coldplay

Z: Zombie – The Cranberries

Okay. I expected a lot better of myself, but holy crap I spent literally a whole minute on some of these because nothing was coming to my head. The pressure got to me my dudes, so apologies if this list let more to be desired. Hopefully you still managed to find a tune in there that peeked your interest, regardless of my poor attempt. Let me know if you did!

x

Priya

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Above The Clouds With SŸDE

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Honestly, they do no wrong. Will and Mitch have released an amazing new single, Above The Clouds, with Olivia Reid commandeering the vocals like a killer. Have to say, I love this one so much, it’s my new favourite. Sorry Orbit.

Since my last post about SŸDE three months ago, the guys have gained even more monthly listeners on Spotify, bringing them up to over 420,000 individual listeners which is insane for a couple of boys who are just finishing up with high school exams this month.

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The latest single was played for the first time on the Triple J program Home and Hosed, eagerly awaited. Above The Clouds is a step up to the next level and the boys have completely outdone themselves since the release of Orbit last year. (Though have to admit, the Hazey Eyes remix is still a staple in all my playlists).

It’s also the first single the boys have released after being signed to Dew Process/UMA, which is an incredible achievement for Will and Mitch.

Olivia’s vocals are so pretty and light, and the music matches her voice perfectly. Considering they found Reid on YouTube, they’ve done well in their choice of singer, because her unique voice and style works so well with the song. . The island vibes still run strong with this one, and it honestly went on to at least three of my playlists (linked) as soon as I heard the tune. You can definitely groove to this one, it’s a perfect song for a festival. I’d even throw it in the back of a GoPro holiday video, and I’m certain I probably will eventually. It’s such a summer song, check out my post about summer tunes for even more, you can definitely find it up on my playlist (linked) for the warmer days.

The song has had it’s fair run on Triple J since it’s release and I’ve been hearing about all the people texting through their love for the tune. The boys have also been super appreciative to everyone sharing their song and helping it climb the charts which is super lovely to see. The song’s popularity on iTunes and Spotify is also climbing everyday, and I’m so keen to begin hearing it more often, because I’m sure I will.

You can listen to Above The Clouds here, and in the meantime I’m gonna be keeping my eyes and ears open for anything else from these guys. I cannot wait for more.

x

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Here For Tyrant

I’d like to thank Buket, from Buket’s Blog on YouTube for delivering me this song in one of her videos. Thank you Buket.

The song I’ve decided to share you finally, after more of a small break, is Tyrant, by Kali Uchis and one of my faves, Jorja Smith. This song, got me feeling some type of way.

You can listen to it on Spotify, here.

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The bass in this song is, no competition, my favourite part of this song. I wasn’t sure because before the bass comes in, it kinda sound slightly like New York State of Mind and it’s Alicia Keys, but then that bounce comes in and it’s all Kali.

This song is such a summer bounce. The sun is finally starting to peak out here in Australia, and for the past two days of glorious sun I’ve been slaving over final essay for university, the only solace being this song pumping through the house on repeat. Going for a drive? Plug into the AUX, and now my mum loves this song just as much (because I still have to drive with a legal adult in the passengers seat smh).

And then Jorja comes in. Jorja’s voice holds this amazing Amy Winehouse quality to it and anything she sings sounds like honey, it’s so fitting for this song with Kali.

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NOW.

If you recall a little while back I included a Daniel Caesar song, Get You, in one of my monthly favourites, which featured Kali in it. Flip the coin and Kali released a remix of Tyrant, but with Daniel rather than Jorja. Magic, I tell you. You can listen to that sweet remix here, on her Spotify. While it’s ultimately the same song, it flips the whole feel and atmosphere the second Daniel starts singing. It’s amazing. You honestly have to listen to it yourself to get what I mean.

If you’re down with really chill tunes, please have a listen to Kali’s other music. But then she’s got some sick Latin dance tunes. Kinda like reggaeton (Nuestro Planeta) as well, which I’m in love with at the moment.  There’s also a Spanish version of Tyrant, which features Fuego, like she does the most with this song and I’m 100% here for it.

I only ever used to hear Kali Uchis when I listened to Get You, but thanks to Tyrant I’ve had my eyes opened to her magic. Highly recommend.

x

p.f

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So You Think You Know

So I’ve scheduled this post for the 11th of August, and it’s currently the 19th of July. Fair to say, you’ll be reading a few weeks worth of writing and editing and complete deletions, rewrites and do-overs. Why, you ask? Because this is a different type of post, I guess. I’m putting some extra thought into this one.

Let’s start with the date. Why the 11th of August? Well, it’s actually my birthday. Ya girls 19. So what does my birthday have to do with this post?

Well, for this post, rather than speaking about musicians and bands I look up to, or songs and albums I’m currently listening to, I’m going to talk about a different topic. Myself. I can hear you gasping.

I’m not sure how to go about this without it looking like a blatant plug and self-promotion attempt, but here we go.

If anyone’s gathered any tiny hints from my last posts, you may know my name. If not, that’s chill, I don’t put it all over my posts other than once or twice. In that case; hello, my name’s Priya. p.f, You Should Hear, Priya are interchangeable now I guess.

I live in suburban Melbourne, Australia, which has a lot going on. It’s a great place. I love Melbourne. I’m currently at university, in my first year and I’m studying, surprise surprise, music. Music Industry to be specific. It’s definitely fun and interesting. I have no regrets so far.

But you guys came here for music.

Well, I actually started music myself when I was four. I started singing lessons, and for that I’m ridiculously grateful to my parents. Singing has been a constant with me since then. When I was probably too unsure and so not ready for the pain (blisters and rough fingers), I started guitar lessons, which didn’t work out for too long. Then I moved to the piano. In a sense, this started a lot for me. I learnt piano for four years. Sped through the levels actually. So it makes people laugh when I tell them that I can’t read a note of music and play by ear. I faked my way through six levels of piano by memorising every single song I was taught. My teacher even went through a whole phase of holding a book over my hands so I couldn’t see the keys and had to look at the page, but by then I had memorised the feel of the piano keys from middle C, so that proved futile for ol’ Vic.

He was quite an old, rigid, classical style teacher, and if you’ve gathered anything from my ‘writing voice’, you’ll know I’m…not. So I stopped piano lessons. I continued with my singing though, changing to a different music school when I was around nine. When I was in primary school there was also a music program you could enrol in, so hoping I could further my piano endeavours at least a little, my parents enrolled me in the keyboard classes. Let me tell you, playing Star Wars and The Simpsons on one hand when I’d previously been playing with two hands, no eyes, without taking in an actual note, was a huge waste of time and my parents money, so much to my keyboard teacher’s dismay, I stopped that after a short year and a half.

But, I kept up the singing outside school. By now I’d found myself a teacher, Nick, who I really gelled with, and we were kind of on the same page with a lot. He ended up leaving the singing school I was attending, and I left right along with him, and joined his own singing school that he literally ran out of his home studio. It was sick.

This turned out to be one of the best decisions my parents ever made, on my behalf. As well as gaining an amazing singing teacher and mentor, I’d go as far to say he was a great friend to my whole family. He eventually added small piano lessons to the singing lessons, but this time, rather than forcing me to try and read notes, he taught me chords.

I already knew the basics of the chords, but once I learnt how to build notes and trills around chords, my love and respect for the piano literally changed. One of my friends calls it ‘funky fingers’ because basically, if I know the song, and I have the chords for it, I can manipulate the chords and the way I choose which keys to play when, to sound pretty similar to if I had a note by note piece of sheet music.

It was great to find a singing teacher who was interested in the music I was, and it was around that time that I finally showed him some of my own original songs. That was when I started recording them. I think I was around twelve. The first song I recorded? Terrible. But for a twelve year old it was such an amazing thing to hear and listen to my own voice singing words I’d penned myself.

After that, I barely touched covers as much as I usually did, and we threw ourselves into building up my catalogue of songs, some that were written 100% by me, with all the music and chord progressions my own as well, others with him editing lyrics and playing the music for the recording. I only stopped going for lessons with him last year, at the end of Year 12. So nearly ten years, give or take a few months worth of breaks here and there. But, I achieved a lot in those ten years, and I’m proud of myself.

Yearly, he had concerts. Not even concerts, gigs, at a pub in Melbourne. It was open to the public, our families and friends were all invited and there were amazing potato wedges. Each student sang two songs, usually covers and the two or three of us who wrote originals performed those as well. The best part was performing with a live, interactive, highly adaptable band. I still give mad props to those dudes. It was when I first started performing with those guys around the age of 12, that my ever present interest for the drums peaked. So when I started high school and the opportunity to go for music lessons within school presented itself, I enrolled in drum lessons. Where I was made to learn to read music. Again. Drum music. That lasted a whole of a year, before I decided that was done, that was over, I was cool just chilling and making it up as I go. That said, you are hearing this from the drummer of the school church band, assembly band and rock band. Make your own judgements. I wish you could see me flick my hair.

Then in Year 10 Music at school, there was a semester assessment, where we had to teach ourselves how to play a musical instrument. I took this as an opportunity to have another crack at the guitar. Let me tell you, YouTube is a blessing, because everything I know on guitar now, I got from there, Google or Ultimate Guitar. Being able to play the guitar improved the scope of my songwriting infinitely, and I even managed to pick up the ukulele and teach myself how to play that little guy too.

All of this combined to broaden the scope and diversity of the music I was writing.

In 2014 I released an EP. You can literally listen to it anywhere. Like, iTunes and stuff. Get ready for the shameless promo that I warned you about, because here it is on Spotify for your convenience 😉 Peep the uke.

 

So yeah, that happened while I was in Year 10. It didn’t blow up or anything, but I made quite a bit of money for two charities through hard copy sales. It was an achievement for me, and I’m so grateful to my singing teacher for literally recording, mixing and bouncing the whole thing for me.

So that was that. That same year I placed third in a national songwriting competition in my age category. That was cool. The year after that I placed third again, got my school a neat electric-acoustic guitar and $500 to go towards a loop pedal I had been eyeing for myself.

Then in Year 12, I decided I wanted to do something with the collection of brand new original songs that I had written and recorded. So, I released an album.

 

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A full length, twelve-track album. Here ya go.

 

 

I released this in December, so it’s still pretty recent in the scope of my ‘music career’ if you can even call it that. Since then I’ve just been relaxing a bit.

I’m lucky that with my university course, I get 24 hour access to the studios on campus, of which I’ve taken full advantage of. Sometime in the past two years I also started recording more stripped back, one-take covers, which I posted on SoundCloud. If you’re interested, here is a link to that too. Those have continued to do pretty well. So I did some more recordings at university, which were for actual assignments (how cool though??? Like I literally go to uni to do the stuff I was doing in my spare time??) and posted them earlier this year. Now I’m working on getting through university, writing more music, and hopefully recording and mixing myself sometime soon. Though, I know that I won’t be releasing any more music for a little while. At least until I finish uni. At least.

Like I said before, covers? I didn’t do too many after I started writing my own songs, but now I’m hoping to start up again, beginning with a cover of Ever Since New York by my man, Harry Styles. I actually posted that on YouTube, with some funky clips of my holiday to the USA. Would it be too obvious of a self-promotion to share it? What the heck. It’s my blog. And it’s music. So it counts. Here you go. I did it on GarageBand. With my headphones mic. Be warned.

 

 

How aesthetic of me.

What else? Oh, I also work at a music store. Which for me, is the ultimate job. The best job I could possibly ask for. I’ve been working there for over a year now, and I don’t plan on leaving it. Plus, the discounts!!!!!!

I’m sorry if this isn’t the usual post you are probably used to, but when I finally told my parents about this blog, my mum (A.K.A my biggest fan and harshest critic) at once asked me about whether I had promoted myself. And I realised that it was unfair to tell you guys about all the new music that I’m loving, give you my open and honest opinions, but leave out the music that is a huge part of my life; my own. So yeah, I hope you guys enjoyed this post anyway, and if you bothered to listen to any of this stuff, let me know what you thought!

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